Portland business recycles shingles


Northwest Shingle Recyclers in Portland grinds oil from old roofing shingles to be turned into asphalt for roads.

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Northwest Shingle Recyclers in Portland grinds oil from old roofing shingles to be turned into asphalt for roads.

Each ton of shingles contains the equivalent of one barrel of usable oil.

It can actually be cheaper to recycle the shingles than to send them to a landfill. It costs $65 a ton to dump them at Northwest Shingle and approximately $85 at a Metro transfer station. The recycler can charge less because there’s money to be made reselling them for asphalt — $10 to $30 a ton. Northwest Shingle says it’s just months away from opening another facility in Tigard.

Since it opened in November, Northwest Shingle Recyclers has salvaged about 3,500 tons with plans to collect 10,000 to 20,000 tons in its first year.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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